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Inside Edition 9 Nov 2019

The Shocking Items Found in an Empty Iraq Home


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I'm in the corridor of what appears to be
a typical Iraqi home.
But things are not as they appear.
The US military tells us that this is a former
Ba'ath Party headquarters.
And behind these doors they believe was a torture chamber.
The chamber is made of concrete.
It's not more than 700 square feet in size,
and there's very little natural light.
Walking in here made me think of a medieval dungeon.
Dark, dirty, hidden,
and as I would learn, potentially deadly.
You're basically treated like an animal if you're in here.
At the very least.
Master Sergeant Greg Carroll
of the United States Marine Corp
discovered the torture chamber with his elite team.
They believe it was run by Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party.
As US forces first drove into this area,
they saw smoke coming from the building.
Whoever owned this building or operated out of it
at the time that the Marines were coming through Nasiriyah,
set fire to this to cover up or hide or destroy something.
Folders filled with passports
and other documents fueled the flames,
but there is evidence whoever set the fire
was trying to hide much more.
We were shown three tiny holding cells
only four feet by four feet wide.
Solid steel doors built to lock away
whoever was unfortunate enough to be put inside.
But the most disturbing part of our tour
came when we were shown this.
A car battery with wires attached.
The US military says the battery may have been used
as a weapon of torture.
A horrific device that could cause extreme pain
or death during barbaric interrogations.
Electric shock, something along those lines.
But that's the only cell
where we found anything like that in.
It's difficult to imagine
exactly what may have happened in here.
But anyone who would have been destined
for the torture chamber
is surely grateful it has now been destroyed.
And joining us now from Baghdad is reporter Paul Boyd.
Paul, give us an update please
on the security situation there.
Well Deborah, security is improving every day, day-by-day.
The US military continues to work with local Iraqi forces
and also the emerging Iraqi military
that they're trying to train and make sure
that things are as safe as possible.
On a personal level, you know, just when I start
to feel comfortable, I hear another explosion.
That said, as you can see, I'm not wearing a flack jacket.
I generally feel safe
and I think most people are continuing to feel
a little bit better about the security situation here.
I know when you were out and about
you ran across a demonstration today in Baghdad.
What were the people protesting for?
The people there were protesting their fear
that America is moving in to occupy Iraq.
A lot of angry people, a lot of loud voices,
but definitely nothing violent.
And overall they still appreciate what America's doing.
And is day-to-day business life starting to come back
to some sort of normalcy?
Slowly but surely we're seeing things are getting back
to normal in some of the surrounding areas within Baghdad.
But right here in the city, it's still very very quiet.
There are rumors that the main market downtown here
will get up and running tomorrow.
But it's a slow process, as you can appreciate.
And what about any rumors
on the search for Saddam Hussein?
The rumors continue to swirl.
But we do know that the Pentagon is putting out
a cash reward upwards of $200,000 for information
leading to someone within the higher regime
and they're also hoping that people will come forward
with information on weapons of mass destruction.
This is a new initiative being announced today
out of the Pentagon.
We'll see if it turns up any leads, Deborah.

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